The Cedar of Lebanon

The Cedar of Lebanon, plant of renown

Author: Richard Littledale (1863)
Tune: CEDARS
Published in 1 hymnal

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Representative Text

1. The Cedar of Lebanon, plant of renown,
Hath bowed to the hyssop his wide spreading crown:
The Son of the Highest, an Infant, is laid
On the breast of His mother, that lowliest maid.

Refrain
All glory to God in the highest we sing,
And peace upon earth through the newly born King.

2. From Star of the Sea the glad sunlight hath shined;
Springs the Lion of Judah from Naphtali’s hind;
The life from the dying, the rose from the thorn:
The Maker of all things of maiden is born. [Refrain]

3. The manger of Bethlehem opens once more
The gates of that Eden where man dwelt of yore,
And He who is lying, a Child, in the cave,
Hath conquered the foeman, hath ransomed the salve. [Refrain]

4. In midst of the Garden the tree of life stands,
And offers His twelve fruits to lips and to hands,
The Lord of Salvation, the Gentiles’ desire,
Hath ta’en from the cherubs their sword-blade of fire. [Refrain]

5. On hole of the aspic the sucking Child plays,
And His hand on the den of the cockatrice lays;
The Dragon, which over a fallen world reigned,
By the seed of the woman is vanquished and chained. [Refrain]

6. To Him who hath loved us, and sent us His Son,
To Him who the victory for us hath won,
To Him who sheds on us His sevenfold rays,
Be honor and glory, salvation and praise. [Refrain]

Author: Richard Littledale

Richard Frederick Littledale (b. Dublin, 1883; d. London, 1890) entered Trinity College, Dublin, as a foundation scholar, graduated with a bachelors degree in classics, a Masters of Divinity in 1858, then a Bachelors and Doctorate in Civil Law at Oxford in 1862. From 1856 to 1857 he was the curate of St. Matthew in Thorpe Hamlet, Norfolk, and from 1857 to 1861 was the curate of St. Mary the Virgin, in Soho, London. For the remainder of his life he suffered from chronic illness and spent most of his time writing. He authored many books and pamphlets on Anglican liturgy, theology, and the church’s engagement with society, and completed his good friend John Mason Neale’s work on the psalms after Neale died in 1866. Laura de Jong… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The Cedar of Lebanon, plant of renown
Title: The Cedar of Lebanon
Author: Richard Littledale (1863)
Meter: 11.11.11.11.11.11
Source: Sedding's Christmas Carols, 1863, alt.
Language: English
Refrain First Line: All glory to God in the highest we sing
Copyright: Public Domain

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